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February 2016 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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 Mon 1st The Ring-necked Parakeet was present at 16:05. The gull roost held a 2cy Iceland Gull, 3 (4cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 5 (2 adult, 2 4cy, 3cy ) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediteranean Gull.
Tues 2nd A Short-eared Owl was hunting over the west shore. The roost held 2 (3cy. 2cy) Caspian Gulls (but not the Stubber's Green bird but observers were concentrating on immature birds) and an adult Yellow-legged Gull (PJ, GJM, AB).
At Stubber's Green the ringed (PLEP) Caspian Gull was present (GE).
Wed 3rd The Ring-necked Parakeet appeared at 16;30. Four (2 3cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted athough none of the Stubber's Green odd-balls were noted.
At Stubber's Green there were the usual odd and confusing specimens as shown by the following images (GE).

A small, short-legged, dark-eyed and round-headed bird with extensive black primaries with white tips and mirror only on p10.

A large pale 2cy Herring Gull or Herring x Glaucous hybrid.

 A ringed (illegible) probable Herring Gull with a dark right eye and pale left eye! (GE)
Thurs 4th A new, small 2cy Caspian Gull roosted along with an adult and a new, large, dark-billed 3cy Yellow-legged Gull and the regular adult Mediterranean Gull. Many gulls arrived late from the south and east (PJ). The Ring-necked Parakeet arrived at 16:30.

2cy Yellow-legged Gull (GE)

3cy Yellow-legged Gull (GE)

An interesting pale yellow-legged gull with many features of the lusitanius form of Yellow-legged Gull (GE)
Stubber's Green again provided good views of a range of interesting gulls that no doubt eventually roosted at Chasewater (GE).

Fri 5th 34 (9 drakes) Goldeneye and 3 Goosanders were present and the Ring-necked Parakeet roosted near the Water-ski club. The impressive gull roost held 2 2cy Iceland Gulls (one with contrastingly whitish primaries and the other more concolourous which was probably the bird seen earlier at Belvide), 2 (4cy, 2cy) Caspian Gulls and 5 (3 adult, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (GJM, GE et al).

At Stubber's Green there were 2 (3cy, 2cy) pale winged Herring Gulls or Herring Gull x Glaucous Gull hybrids and a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (smaller and more black-billed than yesterday's bird (GE).

3cy probable Herring x Glaucous Gull (GE)

Same pale 2cy bird as on 3rd (GE).
   
Sat 6th A very wet day. The Ring-necked Parakeet was heard and a 2cy Iceland Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Sun 7th The Ring-necked Parakeet was present at 16:40. The regular 4cy Caspian Gull, 4 (3 adults, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and the late arriving 2cy Iceland Gull roosted (PJ).
The 2cy Iceland Gull was briefly seen around mid-day at Highfields South Landfill near Stubber's Green where the 2cy Yellow-legged Gull was again present (PJ).
Mon 8th A larger roost than over the weekend with an obvious influx of immatures. A 2cy Iceland Gull and 4 (adult, 4cy, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls were seen (PJ).
Tues 9th 6 Goosander, 14 Wigeon and 2 Gadwall were present (ICW). The Ring-necked Parakeet was seen at 16:45. The gull roost held 3 new (4cy, 2 2cy) Caspian Gulls, 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull. There has been an obvious movement of Caspian Gulls over the past ten days with nine individuals seen without examining possible adults (PJ).
Wed 10th The Ring-necked Parakeet appeared at 16:15. A 2cy Caspian Gull and 4 (2 adult, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted.
Thurs 11th The Ring-necked Parakeet was present at 16:50. A 2cy Mediterranean Gull roosted along with a 4cy Caspian Gull (same as on 9th) and 3 (adult, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ).
Fri 12th The Ring-necked Parakeet was seen at 17:05. The gull roost held drasticlly fewer Herring Gulls than usual and 4 (2 adult, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull were present.
Sat 13th The Ring-necked Parakeet appeared at 16:30. Herring Gull numbers were back to usual levels in the roost tonight and a new 2cy Caspian Gull and 3 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls were present (PJ).
At Stubber's Green there was a 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, a good candidate for a 4cy 'Viking Gull', the odd ringed Herring Gull seen on 3rd and the regular ringed (PYC) adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (PJ).

2cy Yellow-legged Gull at Stubber's Green (HK).
Sun 14th The Ring-necked Parakeet was chased by gulls at 17:10. The impressive gull roost held 4 (3 2cy, 3cy) Caspian Gulls including two new birds and 3 (2 3cy, 5cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
At Stubber's Green there was a 3cy Caspian Gull which was later seen in the roost (PJ).
Mon 15th Two Caspian Gulls (2cy and 3cy) in tonight's roost, however no Yellow-legged Gulls. The presumed hybrid Lesser Black-back x Ring-billed Gull was also present.
At Stubber's Green another pale 3cy Herring Gull was present (GE).
Tues 16th 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 3cy, 2 4cy and an adult) were present along with an adult Mediterranean Gull. The variable content of each evening's gull roost is felt to reflect a daily movement of large gulls
Weds 17th Another roost with a different composition; tonight 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.
Thurs 18th An adult and 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls were present tonight and the Ring-necked Parakeet flew in over the M6 Toll Road at 17:10.
Fri 19th An adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adult and 3cy) roosted. The Ring-necked Parakeet roosted at 17:13.
Sat 20th Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull (all adult birds) and the Ring-necked Parakeet roosted in its regular location near the water-ski club.

Adult Caspian Gull (JA)
Sun 21st 3cy Caspian Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult, 3cy, 4cy) and Ring-necked Parakeet at its usual roost.
Mon 22nd
The monthly WeBS count produced 91 Mute Swans, 44 Canada Geese, 13 Wigeon, 118 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 209 Tufted Ducks, 42 (17 drakes) Goldeneye, 6 Goosanders, 17 Cormorants, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Little Grebes, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Moorhens, 430 Coot and 33 Lapwings. 3 Buzzards, a Grey Wagtail and a female Stonechat were also present and the gull roost held 5 (2 adult, 2 3cy, 2 2cy) Yellow-legged Gulls (GE). 
Tues 23rd A new smart, probably female, 2cy Caspian Gull, 2 (3cy, 4cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 (adult, 2cy) Mediterranean Gulls roosted. Possibly 15 individual Caspian Gulls have been recorded during February: 9 2cy, 3 3cy, 2 4cy and one adult. Four Mediterranean Gulls have been recorded: 2 adults and 2 2cys (PJ).
Weds 24th Two 3cy Yellow-legged Gulls roosted but over 1000 gulls arrived after dusk.
At Stubber's Green the pale-winged 3cy Herring Gull (seen on 15th) was again present (GE).

Thurs 25th A 2cy Iceland Gull, a 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 3 (2 3cy, adult) Yellow-legged Gulls roosted. The Iceland Gull was a fairly dark bird with contrasting pale primaries and a largely dark bill, probably the same as the bird last seen on 8th (PJ).
Fri 26th A Merlin flew east during the afternoon. Four (2 adult, 2 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 2cy (one new bird) Mediterranean Gulls roosted as did the Ring-necked Parakeet, in its usual spot (PJ).

At Stubber's Green there was a smart Cormorant with a gular patch angle of 70° making it intermediate between typical carbo and typical sinensis so perhaps indicating mixed parentage (GE).
Sat 27th A Kingfisher was in the south-west area of the lake. The Ring-necked Parakeet roosted as did an adult Iceland Gull and 2 (adult, 3cy) Yellow-legged Gulls.
Sun 28th The Ring-necked Parakeet roosted and a fair sized gull roost held 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (PJ).
Mon 29th Another fair-sized gull roost but only one adult Yellow-legged Gull of note. A Willow Tit was heard.